How might an oceanic Gramsci speak to Black aquafuturism and other forms of oceanic critique? Professor Sharad Chari's new book, Gramsci at Sea, reads Antonio Gramsci’s writings on the sea, focused in his prison notes on waves of imperial power in the inter-war oceans of his time. Sharad Chari argues that the imprisoned militant’s method is oceanic in form, and that this oceanic Marxism can attend to the roil of sociocultural dynamics, to waves of imperial power, as well as to the capacity of Black, Drexciyan, and other forms of oceanic critique to “storm” us on different shores. For more information, visit the book's website here! You can also listen to this University of Minnesota Press podcast episode where Professor Chari is joined in conversation with Charne Lavery, Melissa Marschke, and Philippe Le Billon.
Sharad Chari is associate professor of geography and critical theory at the University of California, Berkeley, and is affiliated with the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies. He is author of Fraternal Capital and Apartheid Remains (forthcoming).